IG Report: Hillary Clinton Violated State Department’s Records Policies

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2016

MADISON – Today the State Department Inspector General released a report that confirms Hillary Clinton went to extraordinary lengths to avoid Freedom of Information Act inquiries into her communications while serving as Secretary of State.

The report concluded that Clinton failed to comply with the agency’s policies on records and later refused to cooperate with the review. These findings are consistent with e-mails released from 2010 in which Clinton expressed concern over her communications becoming accessible when she was advised to be put on the State Department’s e-mail system.

The following excerpt is among the report’s findings:

“Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary,” the report states. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

Wisconsin Alliance for Reform Communications Director Chris Martin released the following statement:

“The Inspector General’s report exposes Hillary Clinton’s unprecedented effort to deny the American people access to knowledge of her activities as Secretary of State. It should come as no surprise that the vast majority of Wisconsinites find Clinton untrustworthy, and the ongoing FBI investigation will likely reveal the full extent of her abusive practices.”